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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 19, 1974

The Lake Heights community includes Lake Morton.

The Lake Heights community includes Lake Morton.

A new community is springing to life in the Lake Morton area south of Black Diamond and enthusiasm among its backers is increasing by the day, all reports seem to indicate.

The 28-square-mile area encompassed by the community of Lake Heights extends roughly from Horseshoe Lake and the county’s Lake Sawyer Park on the north, Highway 18 on the south, 164th Place S.E. on the west, and the Green River on the east. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 18, 1980

An arson fire completely gutted the Four Corners Tavern during early morning hours on June 10.

An arson fire completely gutted the Four Corners Tavern during early morning hours on June 10.

The Four Comers Tavern, 26818 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road, was totally destroyed in an arson fire last week.

Engine companies from Fire District 43, 37, and 44 responded to the four-alarm fire which began about 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10. About 50 firemen fought the blaze for nearly an hour and a half before getting it under control. Highway 169 was closed by police until 5:30 in the morning to aid the firefighters.

The King County Fire Investigation Unit has determined that the fire had multiple points of origin and was a definite arson. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, May 26, 1906

Only fair weather necessary to make Georgetown firemen’s picnic a great success

A fair day is all that is necessary to make the gathering of the volunteer fire departments of the region at Georgetown tomorrow the most successful affair of its kind ever held hereabouts. The three Rainier fire companies of Georgetown and the citizens have been arranging for the big picnic and hose-cart run at Lincoln Park on a magnificent scale. Thousands are expected to attend.

The loving cup presented by the citizens of the town will be contested for by teams from Columbia City, Kent, Renton, Black Diamond, Enumclaw, Auburn, and the Georgetown companies. There may be other entries made before tomorrow.

A smaller cup will be competed for by the three Rainier companies. It was presented by Cashier C.H. Upper of the Georgetown Bank.

A parade will take place shortly after noon and the balance of the day will be given over to the picnic and its program of entertainment. The plans provide that the winner of the big loving cup shall hold a similar event next year at the town where that company holds forth. The cup must be won two years in succession before it becomes the permanent property of any company.

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, May 2, 1979

By Kurt HildeBrandt

Maple Valley volunteer firemen have taken on the task of restoring this dilapidated old Howard Cooper engine into the smart, shining vehicle it was when it served Maple Valley back in the early 1950s.

Maple Valley volunteer firemen have taken on the task of restoring this dilapidated old Howard Cooper engine into the smart, shining vehicle it was when it served Maple Valley back in the early 1950s.

Many hours of volunteer work by members of the Maple Valley Volunteer Fire Fighters Association will be involved before the old 1926 Howard Cooper can be restored to the polished original condition by which it was known when it served as Maple Valley’s first fire engine back in the early 1950s.

When restoration has been completed, hopefully by 1981, the old fire truck should be a source of pride and historical significance to the entire greater Maple Valley community. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 25, 1979

This picture, taken during the fire which destroyed the old clubhouse at the Lake Wilderness Golf Course, shows firemen battling the blaze. The upper story has already burned down, but the two chimney stacks are still standing. Before it was over, the whole building, for all practical purposes, was completely destroyed, says Ray Colman, owner. (Photo courtesy Pat Simone.)

This picture, taken during the fire which destroyed the old clubhouse at the Lake Wilderness Golf Course, shows firemen battling the blaze. The upper story has already burned down, but the two chimney stacks are still standing. Before it was over, the whole building, for all practical purposes, was completely destroyed, says Ray Colman, owner. (Photo courtesy Pat Simone.)

The old clubhouse at the Lake Wilderness Golf Course was destroyed in a spectacular fire on Sunday, April 8.

According to Ray Colman, owner of the well-known Maple Valley landmark, the fire started when two young boys set papers on fire inside the building. They were spotted leaving the building and were apprehended later when they returned to view the blaze.

The clubhouse dates back to 1929, Colman says. “It was where the Chamber of Commerce held their first meetings. The Lions Club also held their first meetings there, and for many years it was a social center for numerous other parties and groups in the area.”

The building was originally constructed by Kain Gaffney and Ed Long. They started out by serving chicken dinners there. Gaffney and Long at one time also owned the Lake Wilderness Golf Course and later Gaffney’s Resort on the lake. They were both well-known musicians in the area. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 14, 1979

Lee Reichert and Mike Davies, above in the Hagen Electric boat, will seek to better their second-place finish of last year come 79’s Maple Valley Day on June 2.

Lee Reichert and Mike Davies, above in the Hagen Electric boat, will seek to better their second-place finish of last year come 79’s Maple Valley Day on June 2.

Last week we reviewed last year’s fìrst-place winners in the Cedar River boat racing classics.

Now let’s take a brief look at the second place finishers, who will be out to better their marks in this year’s contests on June 2.

First, there will be Lee Reichert and Mike Davies in the Hagen Electric boat, which, along with the TRM craft, is regarded as one of the strongest pairs NEVER to have won a race.

They were second last year in the Landsburg race and in the lower Cedar River race. In 1977 they were first in the switch race, second in the sprint race, and third in the Landsburg race. In 1976, Davis and Dan Petchnick in Yankee Doodle Dandy finished second in the Landsburg race and second in the Renton race. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 7, 1977

Diggin’ around Black Diamond last week produced a potpourri of news items.

The Chick Thompsons donated a 35-foot noble fir, which has stood in their front yard for at least 15 years, to Valley General Hospital for Christmas. When it goes up in the main lobby of the hospital it will stand 20 feet tall.

The noble tree was removed by Clark Williams, Jerry Olander, and Bob Hall, who work in the hospital maintenance department under Director Virgil Virden. It will be sprayed with a flame-retardant material and then be decorated by the Renton Lady Lions. (more…)

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